Amazon.com announced great third-quarter sales (up 31% year over year) - they'll have a conference call at 5pm where I hope they will share more on 3rd party sales. Here's part of their statement released ~ 4pm today.
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 31% to $4.26 Billion; Sales Growth Fueled by Lower Prices, Expanded Selection and Free Shipping
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.
Operating cash flow was $1.27 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.0 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2007. Free cash flow increased 21% to $0.97 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $0.80 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2007.
Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards outstanding totaled 448 million on September 30, 2008, compared with 435 million a year ago.
Net sales increased 31% to $4.26 billion in the third quarter, compared with $3.26 billion in third quarter 2007. Excluding the $80 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales grew 28% compared with third quarter 2007.
Operating income increased 26% to $154 million in the third quarter, compared with $123 million in third quarter 2007. Excluding the $5 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, operating income grew 22% compared with third quarter 2007.
Net income increased 48% to $118 million in the third quarter, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with net income of $80 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in third quarter 2007. Net income includes a benefit of $15 million related to net foreign currency remeasurements.
"We remain relentlessly focused on delivering value to customers through lower prices, improved selection and our free shipping offers, including Amazon Prime," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "Customers saved more than $700 million with our global free-shipping programs over the past twelve months, and we expect more customers than ever will take advantage of the benefits of Amazon Prime this holiday season."
A conference call will be webcast live today at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, and will be available for at least three months at www.amazon.com/ir. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results.
Update 10/223/08: See today's AuctionBytes Newsflash article.